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Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group

The Oncology Group is made up of Consultants and trainees with an interest or practice in Paediatric Oncology. The Group meets annually at the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Winter Meeting. The Meeting provides a forum for members to be updated about current trials and practice, future trials and discussion about difficult cases. In addition the BAPS/CCLG Oncology Group co-ordinates an annual Paediatric Surgical Oncology Course.

Until 2010 the CCLG was the main body hosting clinical trials in Paediatric Oncology in the UK, either on its own or in conjunction with European and American organisations (International Society of Paediatric Oncology – SIOP) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Since 2010, research has primarily been co-ordinated through the National Institute for Health Cancer Research Network (NCRN) and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and their Clinical Studies Groups: the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (NCRI – CCLG) and the Sarcoma Study Group (NCRI – SG).

The Group has strong links with the International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO) and the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

The Group provides surgical input/membership of the NCRI- Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (NCRI-CCLG) and the tumour subgroups.

Group chair: Alastair Dick

Group secretary: Kate Cross
BAPS/CCLG Oncology Course Co-ordinator:  Mr Mark Powis and Miss Bhanu Lakshminarayanan

Annual course for surgeons in training ( and / or ‘early career’ consultants ) with venue rotating alternate years in the North and South Regions through the designated UK CCLG surgical host centres.

Tumour specific links:


Mr Hany Gabra (NCRI-CCL Neuroblastoma Subgroup)
Miss Bhanu Lakshminarayanan (NCRI-CCL Neuroblastoma Subgroup)
The NCRI-CCL Neuroblastoma Subgroup​ is closely linked with the International Society of Paediatric Oncology European Neuroblastoma Group (SIOPEN) and the SIOPEN Research Network, also The Neuroblastoma Society

Renal tumours

Mr Mark Powis (CLG-RT Special Interest Group)
Mr Bruce Okoye (CLG-RT Special Interest Group​)
The CCLG-RT Special Interest Group is closely linked with the SIOP-Renal Tumour Study Group (SIOP-RTSG)

Germ Cell Tumours

Mr Suren Arul (NCRI-CCL Germ Cell Tumours Subgroup)

Liver/Hepatobiliary Tumours

Mr Khalid Sharif (NCRI-CCL Liver/Hepatobiliary Tumours Study Group)
Mr Michael Dawrant (NCRI-CCL Liver/Hepatobiliary Tumours Study Group)
This sub-group is linked with the International Childhood Liver Tumours Strategy Group (SIOPEL)


Mr Tim Rogers (NCRI -S Rhabdomyosarcoma Subgroup)
The NCRI -S Rhabdomyosarcoma Subgroup is closely linked with the European Soft Tissue Sarcoma Study Group (EpSSG)
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